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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is offering the Norglide range of lightweight low-friction composite bearings for bicycle components including headsets, pedals, brakes and drive train.

In headsets, the Norglide composite bearings provide a lightweight low-friction alternative to conventional sealed roller bearing elements.

Comprising a fluoropolymer friction surface with a rubber backing, the bearings are claimed to be deceptively simple in appearance but incorporate technologies that enable them to exceed the performance of conventional bearings while requiring no maintenance.

Norglide bearings are equally beneficial in bicycle pedal assemblies, where they can be used in place of axle-shaft rolling element bearings and plastic bushings.

In these applications, the Norglide products share the inherent resistance to corrosion offered by their plastic counterparts.

In addition, however, they are free from the risk of performance degradation that, with plastic components, often results from the absorption of moisture.

For bicycle braking systems, Norglide bearings find applications in the brake levers, where they provide a low-clearance, low-friction upgrade for conventional lever pivots, and in cantilevers, where they offer a high-performance corrosion-resistant option for brake pivots.

A low-friction cylinder, flange or washer with an interference fit can be used to provide the braking system with the perfect feel, according to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

In all applications, Norglide composite bearings can be customised to accurately match the user’s requirements by adjusting their geometry and the composition of the fluoropolymer material used in their construction.

In addition to Norglide composite bearings, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics offers Norslide cable liners and Rencol tolerance rings.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Rencol

With 15 sites and six R&D centres globally, we at the Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group, a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, provide ‘engineer-to-engineer solutions-in-motion’ to high-volume international OEMs in the automotive, leisure, energy, industrial, and other markets. Backed by a heritage of product innovation, technology, advanced materials and market leadership, we are dedicated to working with customers using their extensive engineering expertise to deliver standard and custom solutions in NORGLIDE® bearings, RENCOL® tolerance rings, SOLGLIDE® bearings, JOINSHIM® rings, and NORSLIDE® cable liners that meet the most demanding applications.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group provides product expertise to six key markets:

  • Automotive (steering systems, powertrain, electric motors, seats and hinges)
  • Bicycles 
  • Solar 
  • Appliances 
  • Industrial valves 
  • Hard disk drives 

Saint-Gobain is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high-performance materials for industry and employs more than 195,000 people. With operations in more than 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the 60th largest employer and among the top 50 global industrial companies worldwide. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock exchanges of Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Saint-Gobain’s global strategy is focused around three core markets: 

  • Construction products
  • Innovative materials
  • Building distribution

The company is committed to playing a leading role in developing energy efficient innovations for the housing and construction sectors, protecting the environment, and managing growth in a sustainable fashion.

Saint-Gobain maintains 12 research centres and 101 development units and invests more than €400m in R&D. Saint-Gobain has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 300 years. Last year, Saint-Gobain achieved global sales of almost €42.1bn.

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